In December 1994, the Commission on Preservation and Access and the Research Libraries Group created the Task Force on Digital Archiving. The purpose of the Task Force was to investigate the means of ensuring “continued access indefinitely into the future of records stored in digital electronic form.”
Composed of individuals drawn from industry, museums, archives and libraries, publishers, scholarly societies and government, the Task Force was charged specifically to:
-- “Frame the key problems (organizational, technological, legal, economic etc.) that need to be resolved for technology refreshing to be considered an acceptable approach to ensuring continuing access to electronic digital records indefinitely into the future.
-- “Define the critical issues that inhibit resolution of each identified problem.
-- “For each issue, recommend actions to remove the issue from the list.
-- “Consider alternatives to technology refreshing.
-- “Make other generic recommendations as appropriate” (see Appendix A for the full charge).
The document before you is the final report of the Task Force. Following its initial deliberations, the Task Force issued a draft report in August, 1995. An extended comment period followed, during which a wide variety of interested parties located both here in the United States and abroad contributed numerous helpful and thoughtful suggestions for improving the draft report. The Task Force benefited greatly from the comments it received and incorporated many of them in this final report.